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Wednesday 31 January 2024

WEB OF LIES


Web Of Lies by Sally Rigby
Book 1 in the Detective Sebastian Clifford series
Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
Genre: crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook


A trail of secrets. A dangerous discovery. A deadly turn.

Police officer Sebastian Clifford never planned on becoming a private investigator. But when a scandal leads to the disbandment of his London based special squad, he finds himself out of a job. That is, until his cousin calls on him to investigate her husband’s high-profile death, and prove that it wasn’t a suicide.

Clifford’s reluctant to get involved, but the more he digs, the more evidence he finds. With his ability to remember everything he's ever seen, he's the perfect person to untangle the layers of deceit.

He meets Detective Constable Bird, an underutilised detective at Market Harborough’s police force, who refuses to give him access to the records he’s requested unless he allows her to help with the investigation. Clifford isn't thrilled. The last time he worked as part of a team it ended his career.

But with time running out, Clifford is out of options. Together they must wade through the web of lies in the hope that they’ll find the truth before it kills them.
Source: Info in the "About Web Of Lies" was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57483844-web-of-lies on 27/06/2023.


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My Thoughts:
This is my first Sally Rigby read and I would read her again.

I am an urban fantasy geek, so, not really a crime fiction fan. However, having said that, I do cross over to the dark side from time to time. Like now. Plotlessness is endemic in urban fantasy. So, a little plot already impresses me. This book's plot impresses me. Another thing... the names of the police staff in Market Harborough police force sounded like, dog names... Huh!...

Seb is an ex-copper. However, by the name of the series "Detective Sebastian Clifford", I take it that he'll be re-instated to his former rank in the police force at some point in the series... (?) ...

This is my first Jonathan Keeble audiobook listen and I like the way he reads! I also like that he gave Freddie Evans, the pub manager, a Welsh accent!


Quantitative Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (9 hrs and 17 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 5


Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries


Books In The Detective Sebastian Clifford Series:
Book 0.5: NOWHERE TO HIDE Book 1: WEB OF LIES Book 2: SPEAK NO EVIL Book 3: NEVER TOO LATE Book 4: HIDDEN FROM SIGHT Book 5: FEAR THE TRUTH Book 6: WAKE THE PAST


 
Meet The Author

About Sally Rigby:
Sally Rigby was born in Northampton, UK. After leaving university she worked in magazines and radio, before finally embarking on a career lecturing in both further and higher education. Sally has always had the travel bug and after living in Manchester and London moved overseas. From 2001 she has lived with her family in New Zealand (apart from five years in Australia), which she considers to be the most beautiful place in the world.

Sally is the author of the acclaimed Cavendish and Walker series, and the more recent Detective Sebastian Clifford series. In collaboration with another author, she also writes psychological thrillers for Boldwood Books.

Sally has always loved crime fiction books, films and TV programmes. She has a particular fascination with the psychology of serial killers.


The Narrator

About Jonathan Keeble:
Jonathan Keeble is an award-winning actor who combines his audio work with a busy theatre and TV career. Much in demand, his voice work ranges from the voice of God in the Sistine Chapel to the Angel of Death in the film Hellboy 2, with all stops in between. He has featured in over 700 radio plays for the BBC, appearing in everything from Shakespeare to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Who; he also played the evil Owen in The Archers. He has recorded over 400 audiobooks, for which he has won multiple awards.



FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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